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- North Korea desires “complete denuclearization” – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that North Korea has expressed a “will for a complete denuclearization” with no conditions like the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea. This development comes as the Koreas consider a peace treaty dependent on Pyongyang ending its nuclear program. Both countries are technically at war because the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
- Facebook aims to protect only EU citizens under GDPR – Under Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal information belonging to Facebook’s 2 billion worldwide users would be protected, since their data is processed in the European Union. Yet Reuters reported that Facebook is trying to limit its compliance by moving all non-EU citizens’ data from processing centers in Ireland to the United States. The shift would mean GDPR will not cover Facebook’s 1.5 billion-plus international Facebook users. (Read WikiTribune’s analysis of the General Data Protection Regulation.)
- Amazon employee’s median pay is $28,446 – Amazon may be thought of as one of the world’s most powerful tech companies, but a review of its workforce salaries shows in most ways it’s a “blue-collar logistics company.” (Seattle Times) According to the company’s annual proxy report published this week, the median (middle of the range) pay for Amazon employees was $28,446 in 2017. In Seattle, where technology, business, and marketing specialists are prominent in the company’s headquarters, “Amazon’s more than 45,000 employees are paid an average of more than $110,000,” according to the Seattle Times.
- Trump warns he would abandon nuclear meeting – U.S President Donald J. Trump said he hopes a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss denuclearization will be successful, but warned he would walk out if the meeting didn’t go in the right direction. U.S. officials said CIA director Mike Pompeo met Kim when he visited Pyongyang, to plan the summit. Trump said on April 18 that negotiations were underway for the release of three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea.
- Libyan strongman in French hospital – Libyan regional leader Khalifa Haftar was admitted to a military hospital near Paris with a mysterious ailment, according to France’s foreign minister as quoted by Radio France International (Al Jazeera). A Haftar spokesperson said that Libya’s most powerful warlord did not have a heart attack or stroke, and was in good condition. (Read WikiTribune‘s coverage.)
- Puerto Rico power grid knocked out, again – Puerto Rico plunged into darkness again after an accident knocked out the island’s entire power grid (The New York Times). Almost all homes and businesses were affected. Authorities say it might take up to 36 hours to restore electricity to the American territory. The 3.4 million inhabitants are still recovering from the “largest blackout in American history” caused by Hurricane Maria almost seven months ago, according to independent research provider Rhodium Group. (Help WikiTribune with the Puerto Rico project.)
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- CIA director Mike Pompeo’s visit to North Korea is the highest level contact between both nations in 17 years. The visit suggests a growing desire from both leaders to reach an arrangement over an issue that has dominated much of their foreign policy for the past year. Here WikiTribune community member Steve Merican outlines the history of U.S. and North Korean relations.
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- Raul Castro announced he will step down as president of Cuba, effectively ending the Castro political dynasty after 59 years of governing. But that day won’t come until at least 2021. Communist party officials proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel as the next leader of the island nation. This WikiProject is dedicated to brainstorming how we can report on Diaz-Canel, and his effect on Cuba once he assumes office.
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- Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing this year for her portrait in GQ of murderer Dylann Roof. She used a unique and powerful mix of reportage, first-person reflection, and analysis of the historical and cultural forces behind his killing of nine people inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
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